During the incident, which took place on March 15, 2019, the woman experienced excessive bleeding after an incomplete D&C abortion. Her blood pressure reached a low of 78/56, and her speech became incoherent. She was transported to the hospital where she was given four blood transfusions over the course of three days. Despite the intervention, the woman required a complete hysterectomy as a result of the botched procedure.
An investigation into the incident by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) revealed that the Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge lacked basic emergency supplies on hand, such as IV fluid, Midazolam, and Adenosine, as well as the medical equipment needed to treat the woman suffering from abortion complications. According to a Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) citation dated March 29, 2019, the facility failed to ensure “a supply of emergency drugs for stabilizing and/or treating medical and surgical complications are maintained on the licensed premises,” which resulted in an inability to provide basic care until the arrival of the emergency medical services, as mandated by state health regulations.
The LDH reached these conclusions after “observations, review of records, and staff interviews.” According to Louisiana Right to Life, LDH found the facility guilty of several Class B and Class C violations resulting in a $2,600 fine and placed the facility under Immediate Jeopardy requiring a list of corrective actions before being authorized to reopen.
The facility’s owner, Leroy Brinkley, used to employ the infamous abortionist Kermit Gosnell in his two Delaware clinics. The March incident was only the latest evidence of serious problems at the Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge. In July 2018, according to Louisiana Right to Life, LDH found several serious deficiencies including too few qualified nurses on staff, a nursing director who only worked four days a month, and a lack of oversight resulting in inadequate medical record-keeping.
Louisiana Right to Life’s Executive Director Benjamin Clapper issued a statement in response to the March 2019 LDH report:
It is atrocious that the Delta abortion clinic failed to even have basic medical supplies, such as IV fluids, on site to stabilize this patient during an emergency…. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this patient from March 15. Time after time, LDH has fined Delta and Mr. Brinkley for violation of state law and regulation. But it is clear that the fines are not changing the behavior of Delta and Mr. Brinkley. His stark admission that health and safety standards, even recommended by his doctor and staff, were ‘too expensive’ places the public in danger. Delta’s history is exacerbated with the similar history at Mr. Brinkley’s other abortion facility, Women’s Health Care Clinic.
Women deserve better than abortion. As the abortion industry continues to fight oversight and regulations, and more states seek to allow non-physicians to commit abortions, more women will be injured while the industry continues to claim it is safe.
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